Elizabeth Watts & Roger Vignoles
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A Promising Recital
Typically Schubert lieder recitals are not much to get excited about, as they tend to feature the same dozen songs dutifully performed with appropriately pasted-on effects. Elizabeth Watts offers us a challenging program, sprinkled here and there with familiar songs, but including many that would surprise even an experienced lieder devotee. Her voice has the coolness of many British singers, but it is also quite radiant and lovely. Her phrasing is generally admirable (although even she is taxed by "Nacht und Träume") and Roger Vignoles provides excellent and sensitive accompaniment. Watts is a lively interpreter as seen in her animated way with songs such as "Die Forelle" and "Die Männer sind méchant" - perhaps not the most spontaneous, but delightful to hear. Her German is quite good, although not quite idiomatic - every now and then there is an odd syllable that intrudes (as in "NACCHHT-violen" in an otherwise beautiful rendition). I look forward to hearing from this artist again!
Top Albums and Songs by Elizabeth Watts
||Nacht Und Träume, D. 827||Schubert: Lieder||4:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Lascia Ch'io Pianga||Lascia Ch'io Pianga (from Handel's Rinaldo) - Single||4:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||An Den Mond, D. 193||Schubert: Lieder||3:12||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||An Die Nachtigall, D. 497||Schubert: Lieder||1:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sei Mir Gegrüßt, D. 741 (Op. 20, No. 1)||Schubert: Lieder||4:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Cantata "Der Himmel lacht" BWV 31: Aria, "Letzte Stunde, brich herein"||Bach: Cantatas & Arias||4:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Frühlingsglaube, D. 686 (Op. 20, No. 2)||Schubert: Lieder||3:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Im Abendrot, D. 799||Schubert: Lieder||3:54||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Nachtviolen, D. 752||Schubert: Lieder||3:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Heimliches Lieben, D. 922||Schubert: Lieder||4:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|